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From Dominique Fober <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] httpd occasional 403 error
Date Wed, 31 Aug 2005 08:34:39 GMT

Le 30 août 05, à 18:48, Joshua Slive a écrit :

> On 8/30/05, Dominique Fober <> wrote:
>>>> Here is some additional information:
>>>> - the server and system version numbers:
>>>> Apache-AdvancedExtranetServer/2.0.50 (Mandrakelinux/7.3.101mdk)
>>>> mod_perl/1.99_16 Perl/v5.8.5 mod_ssl/2.0.50 OpenSSL/0.9.7d PHP/4.3.8
>>>> Linux #1 SMP Fri Oct 1 11:24:45 CEST 2004 i686
>>>> Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz (official Mandrake 10.1)
>>> Oooo.  I get scarded whenever I see that "AdvancedExtranet" stuff.
>>> That means a version of apache with random extra hacks added.  Who
>>> knows what it will do.
>> the apache server is as provided with the official mandrake 10.1
>> distribution + some updates
> Yes, I know.  But that could be quite different than the version
> coming from
>>>> - some reports from error_log:
>>>> [Thu Aug 25 11:15:09 2005] [error] [client] Directory
>>>> index forbidden by rule: 
>>>> /home/www/html/Creation/Residences/Giroudon/
>>>> [Mon Aug 29 17:57:14 2005] [error] [client] Directory
>>>> index
>>>> forbidden by rule: /home/www/html/
>>>> errors are on any folder, access rights have been controled
>>>> - an excerpt of the commonhttpd.conf
>>>> <Directory /home/www/html>
>>>>      Options -Indexes Includes FollowSymLinks -MultiViews
>>> Well, you do have indexes turned off (although your Options line
>>> doesn't make a lot of sense -- see the docs for Options).  Do you 
>>> have
>>> a file in those directories that matches the DirectoryIndex 
>>> directive?
>> yes, there is one (index.html) and the server can find and use it
>> almost each time, apart these 'occasional' errors...
> I would try running in single-process mode (httpd -X) under strace and
> possibly under a debugger to try to figure out exactly why apache
> can't find the index.html.

thanks a lot for the suggestion!
Trying to change the command line options, I've discovered that httpd 
is launched with a whole bunch of -D options. First of all, I feel a 
little bit brainless for not having looked at these options earlier. 
Here there are:

httpd2 -f /etc/httpd/conf/httpd2.conf -DAPACHE2 -DHAVE_PERL -DHAVE_PHP4 

When I remove the proxy related options (-DHAVE_PROXY_CONNECT 
the occasional 403 error problem disappear.
Do you think it's a bug (or an unexpected behavior)? should I send a 
report to the apache modules mailing list?
Dominique Fober

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